Ukraine counter-offensive will be under way for weeks, even months: Macron

AFP , Monday 12 Jun 2023

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that Ukraine's long-awaited counter-offensive against invading Russian forces will be underway for weeks or even months.

Emmanuel Macron, Andrzej Duda and Olaf Scholz
French President Emmanuel Macron (C), Polish President Andrzej Duda (L) and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) deliver a joint press conference during Weimar triangle summit between France, Germany and Poland, at the Elysee Palace in Paris on June 12, 2023, for talks focusing on military support for Ukraine's counteroffensive and future security guarantees to be given to the country, ahead of a NATO summit in July. AFP


"The Ukrainian counter-offensive started several days ago," Macron said, speaking alongside German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Polish President Andrzej Duda at the Elysee Palace.

"It will be deployed over several weeks or even months," he added.

"We want it to be as successful as possible so that we can then start a negotiation phase in good conditions."

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